Sep 2, 2010 9:00am EDT
this morning, larry sabato is the director of the center for politics at the university of virginia and we know that you don't go with your feelings, you've been doing a lot of home work on all of this, larry, and we're glad to have you with us this morning, welcome. >> thank you martha. i also can't sing, so that's another reason. martha: we're told to rely on the numbers, right? i hear you there. i hear you there. all right, let's talk about this. we've seen a change, an uptick in the numbers of republican seats that you see getting picked up here, house, senate, and also, on the governor level. what do you think has changed since that election? >> fundamentally it's the economy but a lot of other things. obviously it happened over the summer. this summer has been a disaster for democrats, almost everything has gone wrong for them, the bottom has fallen out, you stressed senate and house. i think the most significant returns are actually at the gubernatorial level, the state legislative level. i hope people will go, by the way, to center for politics.org and click on the crystal ball and read
Sep 14, 2010 9:00am EDT
't want to purchase. when the same lawsuit was filed in virginia, by the attorney general of virginia, ken keusch cuccinelli, that's been on your show, a federal judge in virginia appointed by a democratic president said when the government tried to dismiss the case, you know what, the attorney general of virginia is right, congress has never done this before, she have a -- they have a very strong argument to say it doesn't have this power, i'm not going to dismiss the indicate -- the case. so the passer in florida, a lawsuit, joined by 19 other states, the federal government doesn't reply with an answer, it replies with an appeal to dismiss the lawsuit so, the judge will only dismiss the lawsuit if there's no legal basis for it whatsoever. there is. martha: will it be let's move on to the next step? >> correct. the next step will then be a legal analysis of the history of the commerce clause and whether the constitution was written to give congress this kind of power. for example, suppose the congress declares that the sun causes skin cancer. that would be a reasonable statement to make.
Sep 13, 2010 9:00am EDT
for politics at the university of virginia and joins me, good to have you here. i want to play for folks who tuned in with the interview with christine o'donnell, and i wanted your thoughts on that race. >> my opponent has a liberal record that does not resonate with the people and had to resort to dirty true u-tricks and mud slinging but i'm confidents, the polls reflect the voters are seeing right through it. martha: what are the polls telling you about the race. >> it is very, very close, and the republicans face a conundrum in delaware, tomorrow night. essentially, their choice is this: they can pick christine o'donnell with whom i think they agree on more issues, she's clearly more conservative, than the other candidate, congressman mike castle, who is a moderate to liberal republican, and the problem is, delaware is a democratic state. and, every poll i have seen, public and private, suggests that mike castle will win the seat in november, defeating democrat chris kuhns, and christine o'donnell will probably lose the seat in november and it is a conundrum, do you go with the candidate
Sep 21, 2010 9:00am EDT
in northern virginia which seems obvious there, speak to small business, find out what you need, find out how you can help them. what i have not seen and what i've read so far is appealing to social issues. have they been sidelined in 2010? >> they've not been sidelined. social issues are always important in the political process. i think it's safe to say when you ask voters today, top of mind response, what's the most pressing issue facing the country today, they'll say jobs and the economy, probably followed closely by debt and excessive federal spending. but i think one of the things that's been clear from this document, from what we've seen of it, and it's not all out there obviously, but from what i understand, that the focus will be on jobs, economy, national issues, and it's not a full two-year governing document, it's to say here's what we're going to do when we first get control because these are priorities, and i think you have to prioritize the most important function for the majority is scheduling on the floor of the house what bills you're going to bring and what republicans are